Collaboration Between Community Foundations Results in Generous Grant to Waveny’s Adult Day Scholarship Fund

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation and New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a bountiful $25,000 grant to Waveny Care Network to support its scholarship fund for Adult Day Program participants in financial need. From left to right: Michael Bird, CFO and Interim CEO of Waveny Care Network; Leila Wetmore, New Canaan Community Foundation; Michelle Hubbard of Hawthorne, Ackerly & Dorrance; Louise Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member; Chris DeMuth, Rangeley Capital Community Fund; Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs of Fairfield County Community Foundation and Richard Townsend, Rangeley Capital Community Fund.

Collaboration between The Fairfield County Community Foundation, New Canaan Community Foundation (NCCF), the donor-advised Barbara Benton Davis Fund, and the Rangeley Capital Community Fund at the New Canaan Community Foundation recently resulted in a $25,000 grant to Waveny Care Network to support the scholarship program for participants of Waveny’s Adult Day Program. The Adult Day Program at Waveny Care Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults who are still living at home, but who may require personal assistance and medical monitoring throughout the day and/or more social interaction. Benefitting just as much as participants are family caregivers who can regain the personal time they need to work, run a family household or simply relax.

A key facilitator of the grant process was Louise B. Goodridge, Waveny Development Committee member. “Thanks to the generosity of local organizations like these, Waveny is able to consistently deliver the highest quality of care to the people it serves,” said Goodridge.

Many of the families that rely upon partial funding and entitlements to afford the cost of adult day care have been directly affected by the shrinking availability of financial subsidization options over the past three years. More recently, the Veterans Administration also cut back on their funding such that that they will now generally only fund one day of adult day care per week.

“Given the significant increase in the aged population in Connecticut and Fairfield County – which is projected to continue – programs and services like Waveny’s Adult Day Program are needed more than ever,” said Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs at the Foundation.  “The Fairfield County Community Foundation is pleased to support the Scholarship Program once again, which increases access to Adult Day services for low-income seniors and elderly veterans.”

“This joint grant from the Foundation and other area funders shows the wonderful philanthropic spirit and collaboration that are necessary to fund the wide range of services our residents depend on,” said Cynthia Gorey, Executive Director of New Canaan Community Foundation. “We are pleased to support the Waveny’s Adult Day Program, which is an important resource for local families.”  

The mission of the Rangeley Capital Community Fund is to support education and health initiatives, particularly in the New Canaan area. “Our goal is to invest in programs that accomplish this mission, but which remain overlooked by traditional sources of funding,” said Richard Townsend, donor advisor of the Rangeley Capital Community Fund at NCCF. “We are pleased to support Waveny Care Network and the important work they do for our community.”

“Waveny is a wonderful resource for our community,” said Michelle Hubbard of Hawthorne, Ackerly & Dorrance. “Not only does the organization provide seniors with the services and necessary healthcare they deserve, but their extended families and our surrounding communities benefit as well from that attention and commitment,”

“Healthcare providers are now being challenged with the growing numbers of aging ‘baby boomers’,” added Hubbard. “To keep pace with this trend, Waveny will need more resources, more programs and more support from our town and surrounding areas. I am glad that I am able to contribute to the vision and legacy so many previous New Canaan residents established, and grateful especially to Louise Goodridge, who got me involved. As she has said, ‘We will all need Waveny one day but it is today that Waveny needs us.’”

Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of care – now including skilled Home Healthcare – to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program that offers flexible hours and transportation six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at both The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.

 

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